LEGO Friends – Emma’s Photo Studio, Mia’s Beach Scooter, Stephanie’s Friendship Cakes

My daughter was sent a trio of LEGO Friends products to try out – Mia’s Beach Scooter, Emma’s Photo Studio, and Stephanie’s Friendship Cakes.

I’ve not been the biggest fan of LEGO Friends in the past, but have been impressed with how the brand has broadened the type of sets they offer.

Previously, it was mainly passive themes of spas and the like, but now there are more active themes, with more complex building required. Pink & pastels remain dominant colours though.

These three sets kind of fit the more active label, but it is a little bit of a stretch overall.

LEGO Friends Emma’s Photo Studio (41305)LEGO Friends 41305 Emma's Photo Studio Building Toy  

Emma has her own photo studio, and appears to like taking pictures of cats. But her studio is well equipped with an SLR camera, lights, props, and some kind of printer. She also seems to have an accessory table for the cat, with a bow, flowers, and even a tiara!

As a theme this is kind of a mixed bag – there are many stereotypically girly elements, however the set is about someone being a photographer, and taking their craft seriously – even it is is mostly about cats!

LEGO Friends Mia’s Beach Scooter (41306)

LEGO Friends 41306 Mia's Beach Scooter Building Toy

This was my favourite set. Mia seems to be a lifeguard, or perhaps she just likes hanging out by the lifeguard station. Either way, she also has a scooter with a sidecar for her dog (a pug?), and a surfboard. There is another surfboard on the lookout chair, which also has binoculars and flippers.

This is a nice active theme, with some quirky details – like the dog having sunglasses!

LEGO Friends Stephanie’s Friendship Cakes (41308) 

LEGO Friends 41308 Stephanie's Friendship Cakes Building Toy

This is probably the most traditionally ‘LEGO Friends’ set of them all, but it is also an active theme of Stephanie baking in a pretty well equipped kitchen.

Again, the cake/baking theme is stereotypically girly, but it is an inventively put together kitchen, with mixer, stove, fridge, and other culinary elements.


These are on the cusp for me, as they are either on – or even the wrong side – of playing up to gender stereotypes. However, there’s a nice range of themes and it could clearly be a lot worse.

Our daughter really liked them – and was at pains to tell me that these are for boys as well as girls. She’s obviously been paying attention to me.


All three sets have an RRP of £8.99. We were sent them free of charge for the purposes of this review.

LEGO Friends Amusement Park Hot Dog Van (41129)

This Hot Dog van is our first LEGO Friends set. In the past I’ve not been the biggest fan of this LEGO sub-brand, widely interpreted as ‘LEGO for girls’, as I think all LEGO is for girls (and boys).

But in recent years they have been introducing more active themes into the Friends line. This set is from the Amusement Park collection, which also includes the likes of dodgems and roller coaster sets.

One of the first things I noticed about this is the colour of the pieces. We seem to have a lot of grey pieces in our collection (a legacy of too many Star Wars sets perhaps?), so it’s great to have so many bright colours here.

The design of the set is really fun, with the van looking like a giant hot dog. Within that are some nice elements. There is seating up top, a little Photo Booth set up, and inside there is a simple but effectively designed grill area. I also like the little accessories such as hot dogs, drinks, and even condiments.

 LEGO Friends Amusement Park Hot Dog Van 41129 packshot

While the minifigures are of the taller & thinner Friends variety, the fact that this set has a boy and a girl helps this set appear more unisex. Like the increasing way the CITY line is featuring female figures in most sets, it removes the subtext that this is a set for girls. It isn’t, and I don’t think any boy would (or should) be disappointed to get this.

The stated age is 6-12, but my 4-year-old made this with ease in an hour or two.

Another issue I potentially have with Friends vs other LEGO is compatibility. While the bricks, etc. are interchangeable, the minifgures are of a slightly different configuration.

One of the first things my daughter did in completion of the set was get Batman, Robin, and Wonder Woman to be part of the set, which worked fine. She also found that the taller Friends figures still actually did fit inside many of our existing standard LEGO vehicles such as the Batwing (from the Sky High Battle set).

The Hotdog outfit also fit the normal minifigures, which is a lot of fun 🙂

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I asked my daughter if she thought this Hot Dog set was for girls or boys, and she stated –  quite firmly – that ‘LEGO is for girls AND boys.’

Which it is of course. As well as women AND men of course 😉


The LEGO Friends Amusement Park Hot Dog Van (41129) has an RRP of £24.99. We were sent a set free of charge for the purposes of this review.